TORONTO (AP) — Chris Davis homered and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop went deep back to back as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 Tuesday.
Davis, Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy all had two RBIs and the Orioles won their third straight game, each in a different city. Baltimore beat Seattle at home Sunday and won at Washington Monday in a makeup game.
Bud Norris (9-7) pitched 5 1-3 innings to win for the first time in three starts as the AL East-leading Orioles moved five games ahead of second-place Toronto, which lost its fourth straight.
Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-8) lost for the seventh time in 11 starts, allowing four runs and 10 hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out three.
After stranding five runners over the first two innings against Buehrle, Baltimore opened the scoring on Hardy’s RBI double in the third.
Joseph led off the fourth with his third home run in three games and Schoop followed with a drive to left. It’s the fourth time this season the Orioles have hit back-to-back homers, and the first time Davis wasn’t involved.
Toronto’s Colby Rasmus replied with a two-run drive in the bottom half, but Davis made it 6-2 with a one-out homer off Toronto rookie Aaron Sanchez in the sixth.
The three home runs moved Baltimore ahead of Toronto for the major league lead. The Orioles have hit 136 homers this season, one more than the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays: Toronto activated third baseman Brett Lawrie off the 15-day disabled list before the game and placed infielder Steve Tolleson on the paternity list. It was an abbreviated return for Lawrie, who left after three innings with tightness in his lower back.
Orioles: Right-hander Dylan Bundy struck out seven and walked none in 4 1-3 shutout innings at Class-A Frederick. Bundy, who had Tommy John surgery in June, 2013, allowed five hits.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will look to extend his streak of success away from home when he faces struggling Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison on Wednesday. Chen is 6-1 with a 3.93 ERA in nine road starts, while Hutchison has won just once in five starts and has seen his ERA rise from 3.81 to 4.62 over that span.